Kevin Phillips has claimed it would be a “big boost” to Leeds United’s transfer plans if they do not have to pay RB Leipzig for Jean-Kevin Augustin.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Sunderland and England striker said the money potentially saved could go towards signing a new striker in the summer transfer window.

Augustin, 23, moved to Elland Road in January 2020 on a loan-to-buy deal but he struggled with fitness problems and made just three substitute appearances.

RB Leipzig insist that Leeds’ promotion to the Premier League last season triggered an £18million obligation to buy but Leeds maintain that the deal expired in June.

FIFA are currently investigating the dispute and Leeds Live‘s Beren Cross revealed earlier this week that the Whites are “very confident with their case”.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the latest Augustin update, Phillips said:

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“It would be a big boost if they do not have to fork out for that because they can use that money somewhere else.

“They can use it to strengthen in key areas this summer with a striker one of the main things I think they need. I think it is something they will be looking at.

“If they can avoid paying that £15million or so it could go a long way to helping them pursue their summer targets.

“It did not work out with Augustin so let’s hope they do not have to pay it. It would be a big boost for the club.”  

In other news, Kieran Maguire claims Leeds United fans could be handed ‘significant’ power as landmark talks are announced.